And no marvel
This need not be wondered at, nor is it any new or strange thing; nor should it be thought to be incredible that there are such persons in being:
for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
a good angel, one that has his abode in the regions of light; and is possessed of divine and spiritual light and understanding; who is clothed and arrayed with light, this is his form and essence. The apostle speaks agreeably to the notion, of the Jews, who say F20,
``(rwa Mh Mlk Mykalmhv) , "that all the angels are light", the clothing of God himself;''and they have a distinction between (Mwyd Nykalm) , "angels of the day", and angels of the night F21: now Satan, the enemy of mankind, sometimes appears in the form of one of these; as he did to Eve in the garden, and to Christ in the wilderness; and by such appearances he often imposes on mankind; pretends the greatest friendship, when he designs nothing but ruin; and under a notion of good, either honest, or pleasant, or profitable, draws on into the commission of the greatest evils; and, under a show of truth, introduces the most notorious falsehoods and errors; and, under a pretence of religion, all sorts of idolatry, superstition, and impiety; it is in this way he has succeeded in his enterprises and temptations; these are his wiles, stratagems, and cunning devices.
F20 R. Abraham Seba, Tzeror Hammor, fol. 18. 4.
F21 Zohar in Numb. fol. 91. 1. & 93. 3.